MFL Subject Leader - Laura Hind
At Oatlands Junior School, we aim to nurture our pupils’ understanding of the world and its cultures through high quality language teaching. We want to foster a love of learning language, promote positive attitudes towards other languages and understand that communication in our global society is dependent on our knowledge of other languages.
“Bonjour! I like French because if I ever go there I’ll know some words because of my French lessons!” Year 6 pupil
“I like the fun games we play after learning new words in French.” Year 3 pupil
“I like learning about other people’s language and lives.” Year 5 pupil
“How I learn to do something difficult and then when I get it right it feels really good.” Year 4 pupil
In the final week before half term, we held OJS's second French week and it was a great success! Building on our knowledge from two years ago, this time we learned about the use of French around the world, focusing specifically on Francophone countries in Africa. We learned in geography and history about where French is spoken and why; in Art, we created landscapes based on the work of Paul Gauguin and in music, we used plastic tubs to create our own rhythms, inspired by what we had learned about the djembe drums. For Thursday's school dinner, the dining room was transformed into a French cafe and we were able to order from a French menu.
Each half term, we take the register in a different language. So far, we have learned greetings in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Chinese. In Summer 1, the register language will be Arabic. If you speak a language other than English in your household and would like to share it with the children at OJS, please e-mail Miss Hind.
Year 3 greetings
Year 3 have been learning how to greet each other and ask people how they are. The Badgers have been practising their best faces to help their friends understand them!
Year 5 family trees
In Year 5, the children have been learning how to describe their family. They have put together these wonderful presentations for you to enjoy!
Merry Christmas from around the world!
The French Ambassadors have been creating Christmas cards to send out, writing Merry Christmas in a whole range of different languages.
Each year group have created a set of flash cards for the key vocabulary they are looking at this half-term in French.
Year 6 are looking at food, Year 5 family, Year 4 parts of the body and Year 3 colours. They can use these whenever they have a spare moment during their lessons!
Our first French Week was a great success! We spent the week learning about the geography of France, writing postcards from the destinations we'd found out about; creating pieces of artwork based on Matisse (Y3), Van Gogh (Y4), Seurat (Y5) and Toulouse-Lautrec (Y6); learning about food and how to order in a cafe in France; making models of French landmarks (lower school) and researching famous French people (upper school). On Friday, Year 6 ran a French cafe and the whole school were treated to a snack and a drink which they ordered in French. The French Ambassadors put on a play for everyone to watch, 'Le Navet Geant', (The Enormous Turnip) which was a huge hit!
Each half term, the pupils and teachers at Oatlands take the register in a different language. This half term, we are learning how to greet each other and ask for our lunch in Yoruba, a West African language spoken in Nigeria.
The French ambassadors were invited to watch a French play, Ti Jean et la chevre, at GSAL in February. The performance, by the Theatre sans Frontieres, told three stories from French speaking countries of Mali, Canada and Cambodia. Through fantastic acting, gestures, props and songs, all children were able to understand the plots. It was a brilliant morning and really great to see the children so captivated by storytelling in a language other than their own!
Our French Ambassadors, two per class, are voted in at the start of the year. Their role is to help promote French and help the teacher by leading either a game, an activity or a song in the French lessons. We meet once a half term to learn some new activities and are always excited to take it back to class to try it out!
In Year 4, we have been learning how to say the date, including how to say when our birthdays are. We have learned lots of vocabulary and are now learning how to put words into phrases and sentences.
Help us out by asking us: "Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?"